Tuesday, April 13, 1999

Tax deadline extended for victims

        Ohio Gov. Bob Taft announced Monday that he has waived Thursday's deadline for filing state income taxes for those families and businesses impacted by the storm.

        Those families filing personal income and tax returns will have until Aug. 16 to file and are asked by the Department of Taxation to write “tornado victim” on the top of their returns.

        Businesses impacted by the storm will be eligible to file for an extension by calling the Department of Taxation's special toll-free hot line for tornado victims: (800) 282-4310.

        U.S. Rep. Rob Portman said storm victims shouldn't worry about the federal filing deadline, either.

        Mr. Portman, R-Terrace Park, said he will have an IRS representative in his office to answer questions and handle problems for tornado victims through April 15. His Kenwood office is at 8044 Montgomery Road, room 540. The phone number is 791-0381.

        The IRS also is offering special assistance to tornado victims who need more time to file, lost their refund checks or have other questions about their tax bills.

        The IRS has established a special number for tornado victims at 241-2929, which will be answered from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After normal business hours, taxpayers can call (800) 829-1040.

        Tornado victims should file all IRS forms with the Cincinnati IRS district office — not the IRS Service Center in Covington — in order to get faster service. That address is: IRS Taxpayer Advocate, 550 Main St., PO Box 1818, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45201.


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- Tax deadline extended for victims
Warren County sets up hot line